Al Budolfson, Men's Basketball
Jenny Condon, Softball
Karen Glerum, Women's Track & Field/Coach
Jonah Koech, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country
Tim Krieger, Wrestling
Scott McCadam, Men's Swimming
Bob Verbeeck, Men's Track & Field/Cross Country
Pete Taylor, Radio/Administrator
From 1940-42, Al Budolfson graced the basketball court for Iowa State and was generally considered one of the greatest players to ever don a Cyclone uniform. His head coach at Iowa State, the legendary Louis Menze who led ISU to four conference titles, called him, "the greatest basketball player I ever coached." In a speech given to a group of Kiwanis Club members, Menze said, "I consider him (Budolfson) the finest player ever produced in the high schools of Iowa. He was unusually fast, both with his hands and his feet. He was so well coordinated and so graceful that even when he shot off balance he looked good."
The 6-0 forward came to Iowa State after an impressive prep career at tiny Rolfe High School. Budolfson was a two-time all-state selection for Rolfe, leading the squad to two state tournament appearances. As a senior in 1938, Budolfson's team made the state championship game, losing to Diagonal in the all-classification final.
Menze wasn't the only one to recognize Budolfson's abilities and accomplishments while at Iowa State. The Big Six Conference named him first team all-conference in 1941 and 1942, making him the second of 13 Cyclone hoopsters to earn first-team all-conference honors twice in their respective careers. Twice Budolfson was named team captain for the Cyclones. Throughout his career, he ranked among ISU's top three scorers all three seasons, leading the team in 1942. He averaged 12.3 points per game as a senior, which at the time was the second-best scoring average in school history. In 1941, Budolfson teamed with Gordon Nicholas to lead Iowa State to its second Big Six title and an overall record of 15-4. That Cyclone squad, which went 7-3 in the Big Six, was the first to appear in a postseason game. Iowa State played in the fifth-district NCAA qualifying game, falling to Creighton 57-48 in Kansas City, Mo. In his final season, Budolfson led the conference in scoring (12.3 ppg) and paced ISU to a third-place finish in the Big Six (11-6, 5-5).
Budolfson graduated from Iowa State with a degree in dairy industry and later settled in Clear Lake, Iowa working in that field.
Jenny Condon's Iowa State career from 1987-90 ranks as one of the best in Cyclone softball history. The outfielder from Edina, Minn., still owns single-season school records in hits (77), triples (10) and runs (45), and is the ISU career leader in hits (216), batting average (.351), triples (24) and runs (120).
Her accomplishments on the diamond did not go unnoticed, as Condon became arguably the most decorated softball player in school history. The outfielder was a three-time first-team all-Big Eight selection and a three-time all-Midwest Region pick. As a sophomore in 1988, Condon batted .372 and tallied 77 hits. She followed that season by earning second-team All-America honors in 1989, becoming the only Cyclone softball player in school history to earn All-America accolades. She capped off her senior season by batting .343 to earn her third-straight first-team all-Big Eight award.
Condon was a success in the classroom as well as on the field, earning third-team academic All-America honors in 1989 and first-team academic All-America accolades as a senior in 1990.
After her career was over, Condon was honored as the 1990 ISU Female Athlete of the Year before embarking on a successful softball career on the international level. She played on the USA National team that won the gold medal at the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina, batting .273 and posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. She also competed on the USA team that captured the gold medal at the ISF Women's World Championship in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
Track & Field/Coach
Karen Glerum, a standout track athlete for ISU from 1989-93, continued the Cyclone tradition of outstanding distance runners by earning All-America honors three times, winning one NCAA title and capturing five individual Big Eight crowns during her stellar career.
The Oost-Souburg, Netherlands, native began her career by winning the 800 meters Big Eight indoor title as a freshman in 1989. She added another conference title in the 1,000 meters indoor, and earned her first All-America honor in the 1,500 meters outdoor the following season. Her time in the 1990 NCAA outdoor 1,500 meter final (4:11.78) is still a school record and was second only to U.S. Olympian Mary Decker in Big Eight Conference history. After finishing fourth outdoors at 1,500 meters in 1991, she posted one of her finest seasons as a junior in 1992. Glerum won the 1,000 meter indoor Big Eight title and was the NCAA champion in the mile run with a time of 4:36.43, a clocking that continues to rank as an all-time high in the Cyclone record books and was the fastest time in Big Eight history.
Glerum capped off her senior season in 1993 by winning a pair of Big Eight titles at the conference meet, reigning supreme in the 1,000 meters and mile run. In all, Glerum won three 1,000 meter indoor Big Eight titles and three 1,500 meter Drake Relays championships. Glerum earned the 1993 Iowa State Female Athlete of the Year Award, was a 1992 District VII Academic All-America recipient and a seven-time academic all-Big Eight honoree.
Glerum graduated from ISU with a degree in journalism in 1992 and earned her master's degree from ISU in journalism in 1993. She worked for NBC during the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona as a track & field research assistant and was an assistant coach for the Iowa State women's track & field team in the 1994-95 season.
Track & Field/Cross Country
Jonah Koech's accomplishments as a member of the Iowa State track & field and cross country teams from 1989-93 made him one of the most decorated athletes in Iowa State athletic history. Koech's prowess as a distance runner earned him five individual NCAA titles, All-America recognition nine times and nine individual Big Eight championships throughout his outstanding Cyclone career.
The Kilibwoni, Kenya, native began his impressive career placing second at the 1989 NCAA Cross Country Championship, helping the Cyclones win their first NCAA cross country team title. Koech earned All-America honors two more times in cross country, winning the NCAA individual title in 1990 and placing fifth in 1991, as the Cyclones finished runner-up NCAA team champs both seasons. He also won two Big Eight Cross Country individual titles (1990, 1991), helping the Cyclones win three Big Eight team championships (1989, 1990, 1991).
Koech was equally as impressive in track & field, where he won four NCAA individual titles and was a member of six Big Eight champion squads, winning seven individual conference titles (outdoor, 10,000m-3; outdoor, 5,000m-1; indoor, 5,000m-2; indoor, distance-1). Koech's marquee event was the 5,000 meter race, where he won three NCAA indoor championships from 1990-93. At the 1991 NCAA indoor meet, Koech ran a time of 13:36.64 in the 5,000 meters, setting the NCAA meet record and an all-time Big Eight mark. His other NCAA individual crown was in 1993 when he was the fastest runner in the NCAA outdoor 10,000 meter competition, winning the race by more than 29 seconds with a time of 28:28.67. He also has the school and Big Eight all-time record in the outdoor 10,000 meters with a time of 28:08.50.
Koech was honored as the 1993 Male Athlete of the Year after his Cyclone career was finished. He immediately began a career on the international level. One week following his outstanding efforts at the 1993 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Koech established the third-fastest 5,000-meter performance ever by a collegian when he finished second to fellow countryman Paul Bitok in the Golden Gala Meet in Rome.
When discussing the greatest wrestlers in Iowa State history, Tim Krieger's name will undoubtedly rise to the top. The Mason City, Iowa native was one of the most dominant wrestlers in the nation from 1986-89, garnering two NCAA 150-pound titles, four All-America performances and four individual Big Eight championships. Krieger only lost three times in his competitive career, compiling a 116-3-2 record at 150 pounds.
Cyclone fans saw a glimpse of Krieger's greatness as a freshman in 1986, when he decisioned and drew with the defending 150-pound NCAA champion Jim Heffernan of Iowa. Krieger was undefeated until he lost two matches in the NCAA Tournament, earning All-America honors as a rookie by placing fifth at 150 pounds. The Amateur Wrestling News named him NCAA Freshman of the Year after his outstanding initial collegiate campaign.
Krieger was undefeated as a sophomore in 1987, going 29-0 en route to his first NCAA championship at 150 pounds. Krieger was one of four Cyclones to win an individual national title that season, propelling ISU to its first NCAA team title since 1977 and ending Iowa's nine-year run as NCAA champion. The 150-pounder continued to roll his junior season (1988), winning his third 150-pound Big Eight title and staying unbeaten until the NCAA tournament when trouble occurred. Krieger suffered a knee injury during the 1988 tournament, severely limiting his mobility on the mat. Despite the setback, Krieger fought all the way to the finals for the second straight season. Wrestling virtually on one leg, Krieger lost to North Carolina State's Scott Turner in a 2-1 overtime battle, ending his 56-match win streak.
Krieger returned for his senior season with extra determination and fire after undergoing three knee operations in the offseason. Krieger's hard work paid off, going out on top by winning his fourth Big Eight championship and second NCAA title, finishing the 1989 season undefeated (30-0) at 150 pounds. Krieger pinned three of his five opponents at the NCAA Tournament, winning the meet's Outstanding Wrestler Award, the first Cyclone to win the award since Dan Gable in 1969.
Krieger is one of eight wrestlers in school history to earn All-America honors four times and one of three wrestlers in school history to win four conference titles. He was also the first wrestler in NCAA history to earn the No. 1 seed at the NCAA Championship four-straight seasons. His exploits earned him the 1989 Iowa State Male Athlete of the Year Award and the Big Eight's trophy for best male athlete. He is one of six Cyclones in school history to win conference athlete of the year kudos.
Scott McCadam made a big splash as a member of the Iowa State swimming & diving squad from 1983-86. The Waterloo, Iowa native earned All-America honors five times, was a 10-time Big Eight individual champion and was a member of a world-record relay team during his time at ISU.
McCadam won his first Big Eight title as a freshman in 1983, winning the 100 free at the Big Eight meet. The following season, McCadam began his string of dominance at the Big Eight Championship. McCadam won three-straight Big Eight Conference titles (1984-86) in the 50-, 100- and 200 freestyle events for an unprecedented nine Big Eight titles in three years. He was named Big Eight Swimmer of the Year twice (1984 & 1985), breaking the school and conference marks in all three events. He still holds the school records in each.
McCadam earned All-America honors for the first time in 1984, placing third in the 100 freestyle. He notched his second All-America performance the next season with a fifth-place showing in the 50 freestyle at the 1985 NCAA Championships. McCadam closed out his incredible career with three All-America performances at the 1986 NCAA meet. He finished fourth in the 50 freestyle, eighth in the 200 freestyle and was the runner-up national champion in the 100 freestyle, finishing second to multi-gold medal winner Matt Biondi of UCLA with a career-best time of 43.70. McCadam's 42 1/2 points at the meet let ISU finish 19th at the tournament.
During the summer of 1985, McCadam was a member of the U.S. 4x100-meter relay team which broke a world record at the All-University World Games held in Tokyo, Japan. McCadam led off the quartet consisting of Biondi, Mike Heath and Paul Wallace, which shaved off nearly two seconds from the previous world record. That record stood for three years until the 1988 Olympics.
After graduation, McCadam continued training for the 1988 Olympics. McCadam made the finals in the 50- and 100 freestyle events at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Austin, Texas. He finished fifth in the 50- and eighth in the 100-meter, missing an Olympic bid in the 50 by a mere .46 seconds. McCadam was a member of seven U.S. National Swimming teams and was ranked in the top-10 in the world for three years.
Track & Field/Cross Country
Bob Verbeeck was a key player in ISU's meteoric rise in track & field and cross country in the early 1980s. The Tessenderlo, Belgium, native was a two-time All-American and a six-time Big Eight champion while competing for the Cyclones from 1980-84.
The distance runner claimed four Big Eight indoor titles, winning the mile-run twice (1980, 1982), claiming the 3-mile run in 1984 and was a member of the 1984 distance medley winning squad. He won a pair of outdoor 1,500 meter titles in 1981 and 1982.
At the NCAA Championship, Verbeeck earned All-America honors in the indoor mile run in 1982 with a time of 4:04.30. Verbeeck capped off his career by winning the 1984 NCAA title in the 1,500 meter with a time of 3:52.85. He also won two 1,500 meter Drake Relays titles (1981 and 1983). Verbeeck was the first Iowa collegian to ever run a sub-4:00 mile and currently holds ISU's outdoor school record in the mile with a 3:57.98 clocking. Verbeeck finished third at the 1981 Big Eight Cross Country Championship and three times finished in the top-40 at the NCAA cross country meet.
Following graduation, Verbeeck won the 1984 Iowa State Male Athlete of the Year Award and was the only track & field competitor in the nation to earn the NCAA postgraduate scholarship in 1984. He represented Belgium in the 1,500 meters at the 1984 U.S. Olympic Games in Los Angeles and was the European 3,000 meter indoor champion.
For a generation of Iowa State enthusiasts, Pete Taylor was Cyclone athletics. Taylor's radio voice defined Iowa State athletics, describing Iowa State football and men's basketball games for 33 years (1970-2003) with grace and class.
He began his association with Iowa State in 1970, covering Cyclone events for KRNT radio when he was KRNT-TV's (KCCI) sports director. Taylor was chosen Iowa Sportscaster of the Year four times during his career as the director of Des Moines' top-rated news telecast from 1969-90. In 1984, Iowa State signed a contract for exclusive broadcast rights for all sporting events with Clearchannel Communications. Taylor was picked alongside color man and partner Eric Heft, forming the broadcast tandem that spanned 24 years in basketball and 19 years in football.
In 1990, Taylor left KCCI to work full-time at Iowa State as director of athletic fundraising. He later was promoted to associate athletic director, serving as the department's liaison with men's basketball, football, the car program and special projects. Taylor also devoted time to Cyclone Club activities, including outings and banquets, and oversaw media relations and radio and television contracts.
In all, Taylor's contributions to Iowa State spanned four decades. In addition to his administrative and radio play-by-play duties, he also hosted the football coaches' TV Show, Cyclone Replay Show and radio call-in shows for both football and men's basketball.